|Zink EP - Bård Farbu|
«The metallic name given to this EP does not misguide the listener: what this release from Norwegian sound designer Bård Farbu offers us, is about 17 minutes of cool and concrete ambiance. These tracks should be listened with high volume in order to be captured by the intense metallic sounds on it. Rather than new-age dumbness, “Zink EP” manages to unrest the listener with the sound bursts that reminds musique concrète works from earlier electronic recordings of the last century...
Keywords: Abstract; Minimal; Ambient
|Stepping Stone - O.C.P.|
«Three/four releases a year is the average production coming out of João Ricardo's lab, making him a very busy artist and producer. Even with such a rate of releases, quality is not an issue, as João - aka Operador de Cabine Polivalente (OCP for short) always makes really interesting works. 'Stepping Stone' is one more of those works. Again, João takes the 'single piece' approach for added immersive experience...
Keywords: Glitch; Abstract; Experimental; Ambient
|Motionfield - Northern Lights [tube035] - Petter Friberg|
Â«Swedish born Petter Friberg is a veteran when it comes to electronic dance music. He started producing underground techno back in the late 80's and issued a couple of twelve inches. After that, with partner Martin Frick under the alias Superstereo, he released three EPs of groovy danceable tunes, but after a few years he got into Eno and The Orb and began working in the ambient electronica field...
Keywords: Old School Ambient; Drones
|Lilt - Entia Non|
«As promised, we're back with another excellent work from Entia Non - aka James McDougall from Australia - called 'Lilt'. Like the previous one, expect to listen to lots of juicy field recordings from australian whereabouts artfully mixed with soothing ambient tones and drones of rare beauty, and also organic backgrounds to complete. For this release, James went to capture new sounds to some well known 'sand islands' located on the eastern coast of his enormous country, namely 'Stradbroke Islan...
Keywords: Glitch; Abstract; Ambient; Field Recordings
Downloads: 520 (1 review)
|irish - The Pretty Album [tube038]|
Keywords: IDM; Ambient; Experimental Hip Hop
|Light Years - Lee Rosevere|
«The dazzling state before the magnanimous perspective of space is something that affects most people. The infinite, the fascinating void… the senses numbed by the impossibility to explain everything that surrounds us… these are the first images that ‘Light Years’ - a new release by Lee Rosevere – awake in our mind. Lee has been releasing his works mostly through his own label Happy Puppy Records and a few others like my good friend Adam’s Proc-Records...
|Silent Drama - krypton|
«Whether a fictional planet in the DC Comics universe or a chemical element, known as a noble gas that occurs in trace amounts in the atmosphere, Krypton has the ability to expand into your subconscious. Along these sounds, you would be able to walk through a cold hummed darkness to develop systems of echolocation that will take you into distant memories. In this realm, memory becomes a bright greenish-yellow light that glows and reverbs...
Keywords: Dark Ambient; Ambient; Abstract
|Wanderweg - Pocka|
«'Wanderweg' is german for 'Hiking Trail' or 'Hiking Path'. Brad Mitchell recently lived and worked in Switzerland - before moving back to his Springfield, Missouri home, so it's no surprise that the lower Alps, the Black Forest and other typical surroundings inspired him with their nature magic. 'Wanderweg' is also the title of Brad's latest drone album, before putting his Kikapu netlabel to rest...
Keywords: IDM; Ambient
Downloads: 319 (1 review)
|American Case Study - Norman Fairbanks|
«Well... and here's our last tube of 2007. Please welcome again Mr. Fairbanks from Los Angeles, California, with this new collection of tracks, which he appropriately titled 'American Case Study'. Norman has been steadily putting out high quality releases for a couple of years at least, officially releasing most of them through his own website. In this present case, we made a selection out of a couple of his latest works, rounding up roughly an hour of Fairbanks' tunes...
Keywords: Downtempo; Ambient
|01122008 - Jin Men Ju|
«Hailing from Forth Worth, USA comes Jin Men Ju - real name Terry Horn - with the weirdest and minimalist acoustic based folk we've listened in years. Terry uses a power tour guitar toy, a nintendo ds with jam sessions and a ibook g4 to create hypnotic layers of strings repeated through infinite loops. You'll need a good stomach and a mind wide open enough to enjoy Terry's compositions, and if you do, you'll achieve levels of satisfaction you never thought possible...
Keywords: IDM; Ambient
|Satori in Atlantis - Cory Allen|
«As you struggle to stop your thoughts, you can still hear the conversation of some neurons. Sometimes they sound like little pieces of metal sliding over a self-constructed organism, or granular rings that create ephemeral vibrations. In any case, they lead you into a psychic silence where you are able to listen to a higher consciousness. The enlightenment and awakening of your being brings you the true nature of creation...
Keywords: Experimental; Ambient
|Lonesome Abyss - 900piesek|
«Matúš Mikula is from Slovakia, one of the youngest members of the European Community, and as 900piesek he brings us a soothing sci-fi ambient release, packed with nostalgia and warmth. 'Lonesome Abyss' is Matús' third album already, and it can be somewhat defined as a dark ambient work, although it's a bit bright in the end. In Matús own words, this album is about the «death of the astro navigators», whatever that means.....
Keywords: Dark Ambient; Minimal
|Sandshoes - Long Desert Cowboy|
«"The times, they are a-changin'". The new musical outfit of Daniel Catarino (also known as Landfill) brings dust to our footsteps and its consequent footprints. It may not be deliberate but the first of the two volumes from this new adventure carries the smell and feel of Ry Cooder. Throughout its six chapters, Daniel Catarino builds a sand map, drawing richly detailed landscapes. Long Desert Cowboy is, so to speak, a landscape architect who respects the immediate in spite of the project at ha...
Keywords: Experimental; Ambient Country; Soundtrack
|Country at the River of Friendship - Fraufraulein|
«Today, test tube very proudly presents 'Country at the River of Friendship', an album by Fraufraulein. For me, this was one of the most anticipated releases of this year. Before presenting the duo that makes Fraufraulein what it is, I'll tell you how I came to know their music: Months ago, at the beginning of 2007, we accepted a submission by this new yorker guy named Billy Gomberg. When Billy gave me the url to his page at Fraufraulein's website I got curious, and became interested in knowing...
Keywords: Electroacoustic; Improv; Jazzy ambient
|Atractores Extraños II, or we are happy on the another planet - G.A.F.|
«Get this: Macedonian born Bosnian-Croatian and currently living in the spanish Islas Canárias, Mladen Kurajica operates this band which makes some unrecognizable kind of psychedelic drone rock of sorts. G.A.F. is the name, which stands for Grifa Ambient Factory. Mladen is also one of the most active promoters of the live music scene in the Canary islands, which really shows his love for music and everything related...
Keywords: Ambient; Psychedelic; Experimental; Drone
|Plano Vertical - Juan José Calarco|
«We continue our travel through the wonders of electro-acoustics with another american, but this time it's a south-american. Please welcome Juan José from the capital of the Tango, Buenos Aires. 'Plano Vertical', consisting of only two long pieces - 'Extensión Activa' and 'Plano Vertical 2' - is a fifty minute journey along a misterious dark corridor, with highly textured sound halls along the way, which appear and disappear under various element-like palettes, like earth, water, fire, wind a...
Keywords: Electroacoustic; Field Recordings; Ambient
|Minus Pilots & Kenneth Kirschner - Unlit Cities [tube034]|
«In the first half of the twentieth century, the basic concepts of contemporary art and avant-garde were almost automatically connected to the ideology of progress. New York was the center of the world, a center "illustrated" by the gestures of Pollock's action painting, by the dripping of Kooning's grotesque work (see Women) and by a vast supply of right hemispheres capable of creating an equal whole without a central focus...
Keywords: ambient; improv electronics
|Revisitado (sem Voz) - Clorofila Azul|
«Hugo Santos returns as Clorofila Azul for the promised second volume of his 'golden oldies' collection. This time we took several CDs worth of instrumental material, beats, experiences and whatever, to build up what we believe to be a worthy release. Again, we can track most of Clorofila's strongest influences to be under the IDM and downbeat file, or even, why not, Trip Hop. 'Instrospecção' is a very good example of all of them...
Keywords: Downtempo; IDM; Ambient
|Western Spaghetti - Long Desert Cowboy|
«The 'alentejano' Daniel Catarino has kept for his second volume as Long Desert Cowboy a not so guitar-based, less Ry Cooder-esque sound than what is explored in the first volume (curiously, it's this one who gets to be titled 'Western Spaghetti). This is an album of shades, isolation, reflexion and patience, which bets higher in 'what isn't said' than in 'what is said'. It finds some parallel in the piece "Banda sonora para um dia normal", from Landfill, another moniker from Catarino, but in t...
Keywords: Experimental; Ambient Country; Soundtrack
|Distal - Entia Non|
«Another personal favorite of 2007 comes from the far away Australia. James McDougall a.k.a. Entia Non possesses the rare talent of putting together seemingly ordinary field recordings in a way that they sound to always have belonged together. If you enjoyed My Fun 'Idyll EP' release you'll love 'Distal'. James manipulates found sounds using ambient electronica techniques, tape reels and vinyl records into the most beautiful soundscapes you'll be able to hear...
Keywords: Field Recordings; Ambient
Downloads: 2,745 (1 review)
|London By Night - Organic Anagram|
«(...) 'London By Night' is a bit like a short movie, like a journey through the city's darkest and scariest alleys, with the tracks working like snapshots of specific moments. Incidentaly, the track 'City Alleys Host Murders' which comes around roughly at the middle of the album, is the key piece to this record, picking up the bits and pieces of all the moments and joining them together into a cohesive narrative...
Keywords: Ambient; IDM; Experimental
|Reso - Small Music|
Â«2005's last entry, ladies and gentlemen. Please welcome Yuusaku Kubota, also known as Reso. Reso has previously released two EP's for MiMi netlabel and a couple of tracks in several compilations. Reso is Japanese, and if we could tell (and we can) that there's a typical japanese sound in ambient electronica, well... this is it. Reso's ambient drones aren't really that far away from Ryoji Ikeda's low frequency signatures...
Keywords: Glitch; Dark Ambient; Drones
|INVADER - Reikai Sounds [tube040] - INVADER|
«Founded, to a large extent, on strategy of a surreal nature where the robotic vs human paradox is elevated to an aesthetic category, INVADER is the 21st century Reiki. Here, every sensory organ is invited to listen to a renewable energy, creating a resonance of the artistic self, which extends the body and the senses. INVADER provided soundtracks to several games for the Nintendo console (dont know which ones), and turned them into great live performances, where noise almost engulfs the whole ...
Keywords: Ambient; Experimental; Downbeat
Downloads: 11,741 (1 review)
|Sticking Drops - Meteo EP [tube041] - Sticking Drops|
«"Music happens somewhere else". I came up with that phrase when I needed one for lezrod's myspace site and later found that somebody else conceived it for an article on William Basinski and Richard Chartier's self-titled on the german magazine DE:Bug. This phrase describes very accurately the new release from Sticking Drops, a two people project from Italy. "Meteo" is one of the most interesting releases I have heard through 2006, and indeed happens somewhere else...
Keywords: Experimental; Drones; Guitar Ambient
Downloads: 2,406 (1 review)